LOS ANGELES — The Roseanne fashion battle moved into the courtroom Tuesday, and the star won a temporary victory.
A Superior Court judge here issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting licensee CelebSales from using Roseanne Arnold’s name in an apparel line, set to debut in a show Sunday.
Judge David D. Perez issued the order, which expires this Friday, and scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. Friday to consider a preliminary injunction in the case.
Norman Levine, an attorney for CelebSales, characterized Perez’s decision Tuesday as “freezing the deal” until he could prepare his case. Levine said he was notified Monday about Tuesday morning’s hearing.
The decision puts in limbo a fashion show slated for this Sunday featuring the Roseanne Barr Collection at the Metronome restaurant in New York.
In New York, Stanley Warner, president of CelebSales said he plans to go ahead with the show with or without the Arnold label.
Warner said that if there is an injunction he will still show the line with another large-size celebrity.
Possibilities, he said, include “two full-size models, a prominent singer or a relative of Kate Smith’s.”
One name reportedly on this short list is full-size model Christine Alt, but Warner declined to confirm this.
Part of the merchandise to be shown will be items approved by Roseanne Arnold for her collection and others will be items the star did not approve of, according to Warner.
Warner said he is working out plans to produce lines with other stars, but he wouldn’t say who. “The best celebrities are dead,” he went on, “because they don’t bother you.”
For the show, Warner said he has hired security guards — possibly armed — to make sure the Arnolds do not try to attend or disrupt the show. “I’ve got three guards for her and one little guy for him [Tom],” he said. In their suit against CelebSales, Roseanne and Tom Arnold said Warner failed to make a $250,000 payment due March 1.